By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist
Firethorn is an evergreen plant that is easy to grow and provides seasonal interest and berries. Even the most novice gardener can handle the simple care of firethorn bush. Read this article to learn more about it.
Grow in average, well-drained soil does poorly in wet conditions. For best flower color, soil should be slightly acidic to neutral with a pH of 6.0 to 7.5.
Apply a controlled-release fertilizer or thin layer of compost in the spring. Over-fertilizing can promote an increase in foliage growth at the expense of flower production. In colder climates, a good layer of mulch in winter can help protect the roots.
Regular watering during the first growing season is essential to establish a good root system. Once established, plants require only occasional watering and are drought tolerant, although regular watering may be required in extreme heat.
There are no serious disease or pest problems that affect these varieties of butterfly bush. Avoid the use of pesticides so that you don’t harm the many pollinators that visit them.